Sun News Digest

SUN NEWS DIGEST

August 03, 2004

NATIONAL

A call to overhaul intelligence

President Bush embraces a proposed reorganization of U.S. intelligence operations, calling for a new top-level official who would be responsible for all facets of the intelligence community.

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Abu Ghraib unit coming home

The 372nd Military Police Unit, which gained worldwide notoriety for its role in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, returned from Iraq last night. The unit, based in Cresaptown, will spend five days at Fort Lee, Va., for debriefing before being sent home. [Page 1A]

Sentencing guidelines reviewed

The Supreme Court agreed yesterday to settle whether the two-decade-old system of using federal guidelines to impose prison sentences is constitutional, a question the justices themselves created with a ruling in June that placed thousands of criminal cases in limbo. [Page 3A]

WORLD

Two spies killed at Gaza hospital

The growing lawlessness in Palestinian areas spread yesterday into Gaza's main hospital, when Palestinian gunmen stormed Shifa Hospital and killed two men convicted of collaborating with Israeli intelligence. [Page 9A]

Turkish hostage killed in Iraq

Turkish truckers announced they would stop hauling goods for U.S. forces in Iraq, after militants shot to death a driver they had kidnapped. The truckers' decision was a victory for militants who have taken more than 70 foreigners hostage as leverage to drive coalition forces and anyone supporting them out of the country. [Page 12A]

MARYLAND

Ex-principal of Walbrook speaks

Andrey Bundley, the former principal of Walbrook Uniform Services Academy, defended himself and his policies yesterday. The city system says hundreds of students at the school were permitted to graduate or were promoted without meeting academic requirements.

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Ghana agreement takes flight

U.S. officials, who suspended Ghana's state-run airline on July 26 for alleged safety and licensing violations, reached an agreement with Ghanaian officials to charter two planes to transport some of the marooned passengers -- including 40 in Maryland. One of the flights is scheduled to depart today from Baltimore-Washington International Airport. [Page 1B]

City schools loan almost repaid

The Baltimore public school system has repaid most of the $42 million loan city government provided in March and has significantly improved its fiscal outlook for the coming year, city and school officials announced yesterday. [Page 1B]

BUSINESS

Catholic Relief narrows search

Catholic Relief Services has narrowed its search for a new home to three Baltimore sites - remaining true to its promise to remain in the city - and the charity hopes to be able to announce a decision by fall, officials said yesterday. [Page 1C]

A running start for Lawson

You begin your first day on your new job with a briefing about the balloon ride that left passengers trapped 200 feet above Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Then, it's off to a meeting. Then, down to the harbor for media interviews about how your department is going to investigate the balloon accident that made national news. That's how Robert L. Lawson began his tenure as state commissioner of labor and industry. [Page 1C]

SPORTS

Smarty Jones retires

Smarty Jones, who came within one length of winning the Triple Crown, is being retired because of bone bruises in all four hoofs. The winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness will stand stud at Three Chimneys Farm, occupying the stall of Seattle Slew, the only undefeated Triple Crown winner in history. [Page 1D]

Boxer to meet opponent's widow

Boxer Beethavean Scottland died in July 2001, from head injuries he sustained while fighting a boxer named George Khalid Jones. Tonight, when Jones fights at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, he will be cheered on by Denise Scottland, Beethavean's widow. [Page 1D]

TODAY

Making a fashion statement

In an election year featuring economic uncertainty and a war in Iraq, the often frivolous tone of message T-shirts has taken a more serious turn. In shopping malls and T-shirt shops, clothing with sayings that espouse a political belief or promote a social or civic cause is gaining in popularity. [Page 1E]

Franken returns to television

Liberal satirist-commentator Al Franken will return to his television roots next month. Beginning Sept. 7, a one-hour portion of The Al Franken Show, heard each weekday on tiny Air America Radio, will air nightly on cable's Sundance Channel, which is trying to broaden its film-oriented programming.[Page 5E]

TODAY ONLINE

Read the latest on the Baltimore City Schools financial crisis, including audio, video and a graffiti board to share your thoughts on the system's $58 million deficit. www.baltimoresun.com/education

WAR ON TERROR

Comprehensive coverage of the War on Terror, including the recent heightened security alerts, archived information on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and interactive features. www.baltimoresun.com/terror

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